It was a cloudy morning when we hit the A7 and head towards the whitewashed town of Vejer de la Frontera.
After a quick lunch at Casino 51, we began exploring the former fortress town on foot, letting the cobbled streets guide us through its history and culture.
Much of the castle wall and archways remain intact, so you can immerse in Vejer’s historical elegance while taking in its picturesque beauty from all angles.
Rising 190 metres above sea level, Vejer even offers lucky visitors a clear view of the Moroccan coast on a sunny day.
We stumbled upon Casa del Mayorazgo, a private home of five families who share a tranquil courtyard that is decorated with beautiful flora and fauna arrangements.
Although it is not a public attraction, a tourist couple reassured us it is absolutely fine to enter the courtyard, climb the stairs and navigate through the washing lines to arrive at the rooftop – opening up to more scenic views of Vejer and overlooking Plaza de España.
Plaza de España (also known as Plaza de los Pescaítos) is a nice little plaza surrounded by restaurants and distinguished by a stunning mosaic fountain featuring four traditional ceramic Andalusian frogs.
Continuing our relaxing stroll around town, we came across some pre-Bull Run festivities. We couldn’t return to witness this famous (and controversial) Spanish tradition the next day, but it was fascinating to see the whole town getting together, children pushing a fake bull up and down the steep and narrow streets, and people shielding their homes and shops with wooden boards in preparation for the Bull Run.
As the crowd began to disperse, the clouds started to clear to reveal a blue-purple sky and an orange sun.
Driving back home on the A7, we dined at Seaside Grill by the motorway for an authentic seaside dinner and incredible atmosphere – a perfect end to a chilled and eye-opening day out in Vejer de la Frontera.
Check out this video of the Bull Run in Vejer!